Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe yesterday suggested to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and her deputies, especially Deputy Ombudsman for Visayas Paul Elmer Clemente, to coordinate with concerned authorities in digging crucial information that would speed up the administration of justice in the country as well as the investigation on public officials who are allegedly protecting drug syndicates.
Batocabe, Party List Coalition (PLC) president said his suggestion would help the Office of the Ombudsman to have information in advance that would help fast-track the inquiry aimed at helping President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs.
“It would be better if the Ombudsman gets leads from our law enforcement agencies rather than conducting separate probes to save on time, expense and efforts,” said Batocabe, following reports that the Office of the Ombudsman has yet to conduct a fact-finding probe on the alleged involvement of public officials into the nefarious drug trade.
“Still, let our enforcement agencies investigate and file appropriate cases before the Ombudsman,” he added.
With the limited manpower, Parañaque City Rep. Gus Tambunting, who chairs the House committee on games and amusement chair, said the investigation of the Office of the Ombudsman on the alleged involvement of some government officials to illegal drug trade should be fair and square.
“While the Ombudsman has the power to investigate, it must always be based on some initial facts. How do we determine for example who these public officials are? With its limited resources, the Ombudsman should be given something to start with to be more effective,” Tambunting said.